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Cosmic Microwave Background

ISBN-10: 0521847044

ISBN-13: 9780521847049

Edition: 2008

Authors: Ruth Durrer

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The cosmic microwave background (CMB) is the radiation left over from the Big Bang. Recent analysis of the fluctuations in this radiation has given us valuable insights into our Universe and its parameters. Examining the theory of CMB and recent developments, this textbook starts with a brief introduction to modern cosmology and its main successes, followed by a thorough derivation of cosmological perturbation theory. It then explores the generation of initial fluctuations by inflation. The Boltzmann equation governs the evolution of CMB anisotropies and polarization is derived using the total angular momentum method. Cosmological parameter estimation and the lensing of CMB fluctuations and spectral distortions are also discussed. This textbook is the first to contain a full derivation of the theory of CMB anisotropies and polarization. Ideal for graduate students and researchers in this field, it includes end-of-chapter exercises, and solutions to selected exercises are provided.
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List price: $113.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/7/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 414
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

Ruth Durrer is Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Universit� de Gen�ve. Her research focuses on the cosmic microwave background, cosmic magnetic fields, and braneworld cosmology.

The homogeneous and isotropic universe
Homogeneity and isotropy
The background geometry of the Universe
Recombination and decoupling
Perturbation theory
Gauge-invariant perturbation variables
The perturbation equations
Simple examples
Light-like geodesics and CMB anisotropies
Power spectra
Final remarks
Initial conditions
Scalar field perturbations
Generation of perturbations during inflation
Mixture of dust and radiation revisited
CMB anisotropies
Introduction to kinetic theory
The Liouville equation in a perturbed FL universe
The energy-momentum tensor
The ultra-relativistic limit, the Liouville equation for massless particles
The Boltzmann equation
Silk damping
The full system of perturbation equations
CMB polarization and the total angular momentum approach
Polarization dependent Thomson scattering
Total angular momentum decomposition
The spectra
The small-scale limit and the physical meaning of [epsilon] and B
The Boltzmann equation
Cosmological parameter estimation
The physics of parameter dependence
CMB data
Statistical methods
Complementary observations
Lensing and the CMB
An introduction to lensing
The lensing power spectrum
Lensing of the CMB temperature anisotropies
Lensing of the CMB polarization
Other second-order effects
The CMB spectrum
Collisional processes in the CMB
A chemical potential
The Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect
Fundamental constants, units and relations
General relativity
Special functions
Entropy production and heat flux
Statistical utensils
Approximation for the tensor C[subscript l] spectrum
Boltzmann equation in a universe with curvature
The solutions of some exercises